Live Poker Strategy

Work harder … Learning to learn

October 2014

A little study goes a long way There is no such thing as an overnight success. Yes, I know. We’ve all heard the story of a guy walking in off the street and winning the tournament. Most of those guys do not go on to become notable poker professionals. They save the money, which is [...]

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Poker Tells … Silence & Stillness

October 2014

Behavioral obstacles to an opponent’s impending call or fold One important category of poker tells are those exhibited when a player believes his opponent is getting ready to call or fold to his bet. Bettors in these situations have an incentive to present an “obstacle” to their opponent’s action. These behaviors will typically only be [...]

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Idol Hands … Dan Smith takes advantage

October 2014

Jeffrey Chang puts himself in a tough spot Dan Smith       Ks9s Jeffrey Chang  KhTd Stacks Dan Smith       2,200,000 Jeffrey Chang  709,000 Blinds 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante Action is folded around to one of the most dangerous tournament players in the game, Dan Smith, who happens to have a pile of chips totaling over 2 [...]

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Making Moves … The $20,000 Four-Betting Lesson

October 2014

Stop handing out money The first thing I want to talk about for calling four-bets is the $20,000 lesson, which is the name I came up with to help you remember that four-betting ranges are heavily weighted toward Aces, particularly at the lower stakes. I call it the $20,000 lesson, because that’s how much I’ve [...]

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Idol Hands … $7 million decision

July 2014

Two heads-up gurus battle for the big one Hands Daniel Negreanu KhQs Daniel Colman Ad4d Stacks Daniel Negreanu 70,000,000 Daniel Colman 56,000,000 The million dollar buy-in “Big One for One Drop” event at the World Series is always going to be exciting. With such obscene money up for grabs and some of the world’s best [...]

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Making Moves … The Value of Position In PLO

July 2014

Know where you stand Given the state of the games and availability of poker training out there, I’m assuming practically everyone reading this doesn’t need to be told that being in position (IP) is good, and being out of position (OOP) is bad. I don’t know about you, but that seems too general for me, [...]

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Tournament Poker Edge … Making the Leap – Becoming a Professional Poker Player

July 2014

If you’re reading this magazine, chances are you’re pretty into your poker. You’ve probably been playing for a while, taking an interest in the game, and learning as much about it as possible. Maybe you play pretty regularly, and maybe you’ve had some success — some good tournament results or a solid win rate in [...]

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